Plants combine color and fragrance to procure pollinators

Media note: Photographs of plant species studied can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/FloralColorandScent. ITHACA, N.Y. – Who knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This is true for many of the 41 insect-pollinated plant species growing in a Phrygana scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos. An international […]

Imaging technology reveals copper is key to meeting future food and energy needs

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/plants. ITHACA, N.Y. – For the first time, Cornell University researchers are using imaging capabilities at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to explore how copper affects plant fertility. The work could provide key insights into how plants can be bred for better performance in […]

Plants to beat the first summer heat

The National Weather Service warns of above-normal temperatures for the northeastern region of the United States through Thursday. Cornell University experts comment on the year’s first summer heat and explain how it may affect plants. Jessica Spaccio is a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University and recently helped create a tool […]

Extra DNA creates cucumber with all female flowers

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ask a plant researcher how the sex of a cucumber plant is determined and the person will tell you, “It’s complicated.” Depending on a complex mix of genetic and environmental factors, cucumbers can be seven different sexes. Some high-yield cucumber varieties produce only female flowers, and a new study identifies the gene […]